The office of Homeland Security is warning that apparently innocuous behaviour in passengers could be a sign that they are a terrorist.
A presentation released by the New Jersey
office of the agency warns that passengers yawning, developing goose bumps and appearing fidgety
could all be potential
The presentation titled Terrorism Awareness
and Prevention says it aims to educate the public on recognizing potential
threats in any environment including at work and in the community as well as how
to report them.
It says the 'signs will become particularly
evident in a person's eyes, face, neck and body movements,' the department lists
some of the following descriptions as warning signs to watch out
If an individual has a cold stare,
'trance-like gaze' or wide 'flashbulb eyes,' they may be a
terrorist, according to the
If they seem to exaggerate yawning in
conversation, repeatedly touch their face or ears, or excessively watch a clock
or fidget, these may be indicators of a terrorist.
The culture of citizen spying and pervasive paranoia in the United States is getting to the point of patent absurdity, yet somehow many American nonsensically seem to continue to treat it as gospel.
With this culture of voluntary surveillance expanding into the world of smartphones, it will only be easier for the government to encourage people to report any and all activity as suspicious and potential indicators of terrorism.
NJ- Office of Homeland Security & Preparedness pdf.